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Remote Access to Library Resources

Information on using University Library resources off campus.

If you don't want to have to go the library website every time you want to access an online resource then here are a couple of alternate methods with instructions.

Connecting to UA's VPN

Connecting to The University of Akron's VPN will make it appear as if you are on campus. For instructions on how to setup the VPN visit the VPN Setup Guide

Using Permalinks

Instead of copying and pasting URLs from the browser address bar, many webpages have a share option with a permalink that will often work better. 

Example 1: EBSCO Databases

EBSCO databases (like Academic Search Complete) have a share dropdown on the right hand side of their search results where one of the options is to copy a permalink that you can bookmark.
EBSCO search results page with the share dropdown selected and an arrow pointed at the permalink option.

Example 2: Films on Demand

Films on Demand has a share option right below their videos.
Films on demand video screenshot with the share option highlighted.

After selecting 'Share' select the Embed/Link tab and there will be a 'Record URL' that can be copied and bookmarked.
Embed/Link tab for the share option on a Films on Demand video with an arrow pointing to the copy button of the record URL.

Google Scholar

If you prefer using Google Scholar for your research you can add The University of Akron as your library so that you have access to UA resources while searching Google Scholar. You can do this by using this link Google Scholar with UA Resources. Or you can select The University of Akron in Google Scholar's Library links setting. To do this follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Select the hamburger icon in the top left corner to open the menu
  3. Select Settings
    Google Scholar menu opened with the settings option highlighted.
  4. Select Library links
  5. Search 'The University of Akron'
    Google Scholar Library Links settings with the Library Links navigation highlighted.
  6. Check the box that says, "The University of Akron Libraries - Full Text Finder @ Uakron"
    Library Links search results for "The University of Akron", with an arrow pointing to the checkbox to select
  7. Select Save

Manually Add UA's Proxy Prefix

If you want to bookmark a link but you notice it doesn't have the University Library proxy prefix you can add the proxy yourself. Just put, "" at the beginning of your URL.

For example, "" would become ""